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Introducing the STRONGER Fitness Program

For busy people who want to lose weight and get lean, LIVESTRONG.COM’s STRONGER is an 8-week exercise program that features 30-minute daily workout and motivational videos.

As someone who used to work at Beachbody (and lost 20 pounds from doing the LES MILLS COMBAT test group and also got shredded from doing 90 days of P90X), I'm a big believer in the power of video fitness programs. Sure, going to the gym is great, but most days I just want to wake up and do my workout in my own living room without seeing anyone or driving anywhere.

Curious about what the program entails? Get a taste of the STRONGER workouts by watching the one-minute trailer:

The idea for STRONGER came about when we started thinking: "Wouldn't it be great to create a daily online workout program you can do on your laptop, iPad, tablet, iPhone or Android phone and take with you anywhere?" To make it even more practical, we determined that the workouts should be about 30 minutes long and require no equipment at all.

That way, you can do the STRONGER workouts in your living room, bedroom, office, hotel room or anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. My goal was to create a fun workout program with a modern look, led by an engaging trainer — in short, a workout program that I would actually want to do and follow.

To get the printable STRONGER workout calendar and links to all the workouts, click here.

As anyone who's ever done P90X or INSANITY knows, personality is key to making these workouts fun and engaging. When we started casting for STRONGER, we watched auditions from tons of amazing trainers, and we unanimously chose LA-based celebrity trainer Nicky Holender to design and lead the STRONGER workout program.

Not only did Nicky's workout philosophy and style align with our plan for this program — we also loved his personality. He's funny and engaging, and he's an amazing motivator. He's a former pro soccer player who trains CEOs, moms and pro athletes as well as celebrities, including Gerard Butler, Robbie Williams and Mel B.

Nicky understands how busy you are (he's a father of three kids!), and he won't let you give up. Plus, he's the kind of guy you would just want to work out with and hang out with on a daily basis.

In the video below, I ask Nicky why he became a trainer and how he consequently found his true passion:

If you want to find out more about the STRONGER program, learn how to sign up here, and then join our LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Facebook Group to get tips, encouragement and motivation.

Readers — Are you joining us for the 8-week STRONGER Challenge? What do you think of the STRONGER workouts? What do you think of the meal plan? Are you having any trouble accessing and using either the workouts or the meal plan? Have you ever done a fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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About the Author

Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on Wired.com, Yahoo! and Poprocks.com.

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